Belmont Tops Vols, 7-6

May 12, 2004

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Knoxville, Tenn. - Dennis Gomez' solo home run in the eighth inning lifted the Belmont Bruins to a 7-6 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers before a crowd of 720 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Stephen Sundstrom drove in a game-high four with a two-run double in the fourth and two-run home run in the sixth to lead the Bruins who won their fourth straight to improve to 29-18.

After taking a 5-1 lead in the third, Belmont battled back with three in the fourth keyed by Sundstrom's double and sacrifice fly. He then belted a two-run home run to left in the sixth to put the Bruins up 6-5, but Nick Crowe, who led Tennessee with three hits, scored on Eric King's single in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.

Gomez' seventh home run put the Bruins ahead for good in the eighth as the ball curved just inside the right field foul pole.

Ryan Herzberg (2-2) pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief for the win as he allowed two runs while scattering seven hits.

Will Tucker, who entered in the eighth, struck out the side in the ninth to earn his sixth save.

After falling behind 1-0, the Vols (34-16) broke the game open with five runs in the third. Josh Alley began the rally with a triple to center, followed by a walk to Eli Iorg. Kyle Norrid then laced a two-run double to left before Alex Suarez slugged his third home run of the season. Chris Kemp plated the final run on a Bruin error.

Brandon Crowe (0-2) took the loss as Tennessee out-hit Belmont 14-9.

Tennessee travels to Columbia, S.C., to face the No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks May 14-16.





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